Brian Funk

  • United States, Babylon, NY
  • United States, Long Island, NY

Brian Funk, aka AfroDJMac, is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter from New York. He began his musical career with the guitar, playing in numerous rock bands, recording albums, and embarking on tours of the East Coast of the United States.

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In an effort to expand his studio’s capabilities and songwriting arsenal, Brian turned toward computer-based music in 2006. As a guitarist and songwriter, he found Ableton Live to be the ultimate tool to unlock his creativity and bring his studio creations to the stage.

A curious sound designer, AfroDJMac regularly releases free Ableton Live devices that challenge conventional sound-design-thinking, via his website and YouTube channel.  His series of Two Minute Ableton Live Tips earned him the title of “a legend in the Ableton Community” (Ableton Blog 6/26/12). In August 2013, Brian released a 2-hour plus video course entitled “Ableton Live for Live Performance”, and in the Spring of 2014, Brian began teaching the Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live Course for Berklee College of Music.

As a writer and high school English educator, teaching Live and music production is the perfect marriage of two life passions. Brian specializes in teaching Live for songwriters and rock musicians, home and professional studio applications, as well as live performances. His experience as a rock musician offers students a unique insight into bridging music of the past with the music of the future.

Brian is available for private lessons, group classes, and workshops.

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